Donald R.   Littlefield

Donald R. Littlefield

Highly Qualified.  Donald R. Littlefield, a partner in the Dallas office of Ballard & Littlefield, LLP, has been representing financial institutions and their employees for over 25 years.  Having worked in private law firms and as an Executive Director and Senior Vice President for two national broker dealers, he combines in-depth knowledge of the securities industry with superior legal skills to provide clients with both creative and practical legal strategies.  Mr. Littlefield graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1986 and has a BBA in Finance from the University of North Texas.   Mr. Littlefield was previously a shareholder at Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr in Dallas, Texas and began his career as an associate Rohde, Chapman, Ford & How and Geary, Glast & Middleton. 

Very Experienced.  Mr. Littlefield has handled hundreds of legal disputes between clients and financial institutions.  He has also represented firms and individuals before both federal and state courts, regulatory bodies and self-regulatory organizations.  He has also conducted numerous internal investigations and has handled a large number of employment disputes.  His experience has also included the following:

  • In his representation of a receiver appointed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Littlefield recovered millions of dollars for victims of an internet Ponzi scheme.
  • After a lengthy arbitration hearing, Mr. Littlefield obtained a complete dismissal of claims in excess of $1.2 million for alleged violations of Federal and State securities laws.
  • In his representation of a national securities broker dealer, Mr. Littlefield obtained a complete dismissal of all claims for alleged fraud and various state and federal claims based on purchases of real estate limited partnerships.
  • Mr. Littlefield has also successfully represented national broker dealers in arbitration proceedings regarding collateralized mortgage obligations, bond funds, managed futures and options.
  • Mr. Littlefield also represented a national broker dealer in a reparations proceeding before an administrative law judge defending allegations of violations of the Commodities Futures Act.
  • In his representation of an energy company in a contractual lawsuit in state court,   Mr. Littlefield obtained a jury award of damages in excess of $600,000.

Highly Regarded.  Mr. Littlefield is admitted to practice in the State of Texas, in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American, Dallas and Houston Bar Associations.  Mr. Littlefield is also a past chairman of the Securities Section of the Dallas Bar association and has spoken on securities matters in a number of continuing education panels.

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • US District Court Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court Western District of Texas
  • US District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US Supreme Court


  • J.D. Southern Methodist University, 1986
  • B.B.A, University of North Texas, 1983

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